Jack Keeler talks Vanderbilt

The Commodore staff continues to make inroads in the state of Illinois. After securing a commitment from Nathan Marcus from Glen Ellyn, Vanderbilt extended an offer to one of the top offensive tackles in the state in Jack Keeler. The 6-foot-7, 290-pounder plays at Barrington High School and is a highly sought-after prospect with 19 offers to his credit.

"Two weeks ago I got the [Vanderbilt] offer from Coach Rahne," said Jack Keeler. "He believes I'm going to be a fantastic player at the college level. He said he likes how I use my hands and my ability to stay low especially for a big man.

"To be honest, I don't know much about the program. I want to make a trip down south this summer and go to Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt."

A Tennessee offer was given to Keeler just this week, and he says he expects Oklahoma to offer soon. Although he favors three early he says he wants to see more colleges before making a final decision.

"I like Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Illinois in no particular order," Keeler said. "Wisconsin just offered me yesterday. I have no idea where I'm going though. I'm not even close to being ready to decide that yet. I want to find a place where I can come in and help my team win. I want to be in a place that's about brotherhood amongst the players. I'm also looking for a college with a good program for Kinesiology."

Last year was Keeler's first on varsity with Barrington located 35 miles northwest of Chicago. He had a good lineman to play beside in Dan Voltz who signed a LOI in February to Wisconsin.

"My hands got better during the course of the season," said Keeler. "I did better at staying low and finishing my blocks. We finished 7-3 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. We lost some people, but I think we'll be OK next season. We'll be just as good, and I think we'll have one of the best offensive lines in the state. Right now, I've just been doing a lot of agility training and waiting on summer to get here."

Keeler says he has taken unofficial visits to Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, and USF this spring. In addition to the three SEC offers from Missouri, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, he reports significant interest from LSU and Alabama.

The Barrington Broncos compete in 8A in the IHSA under head coach Joe Sanchez.

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